New Student Residences Planned for North CampusGAMBIER, Ohio (October 28, 2009)
|Future North Campus Housing.
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The vision of improved student residences has been a top priority of We Are Kenyon: The Campaign for Excellence since its inception. And at its October 24 meeting, the Board of Trustees brought that vision one step closer to reality with its approval of plans for new student residences on north campus. (See plans here.)
The north campus housing, designed by Gund Partnership, will be built in two phases, ultimately creating a village of townhouses clustered around a green. The new housing will be sited north of Caples residence and east of Bexley Hall. Each townhouse will hold three apartments, accommodating a total of twelve students. Pending final approval by the board and local regulatory approval, construction of the first of the townhouses in the nine-house phase one will begin this summer. The first phase of construction will ultimately add 96 new beds to campus. When phase two is completed, the twenty townhouses in both phases of the north campus residences will house 220 students.
The twelve-resident houses will contain three independent apartments, each housing four students in a mix of single and double rooms. Apartments will feature a first-floor kitchenette, living room, dining area, and half-bath, creating ground-floor social space for residents. The second and third floors will each house bedrooms and a full bath.
Several of the houses will be configured to provide universal access for students, having first-floor bedrooms and accessible full bathrooms. In addition, several of the homes will be built with full walk-out basements serving as common spaces for north-campus residents and providing laundry facilities, bike storage, full kitchens, and space for social events. The townhouses will be LEED certified buildings utilizing geothermal wells for heating and cooling.
The north campus housing will initially allow Kenyon to relieve overcrowding in the residence halls. When the project is complete, the additional capacity will enable the College to refurbish and modernize existing residences. This project will help Kenyon to realize its long-term goal of improving student housing and will serve as a competitive advantage for the College.
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